The Sideline is Not an Option

“But Jonah got up and went the other direction to Tarshish, running away from God. He went down to the port of Joppa and found a ship headed for Tarshish. He paid the fare and went on board, joining those going to Tarshish- as far away from God as he could get.” Jonah 1:3 MSG

Recently, I went out to meet with a client. And, as we were discussing goals and ideas on their project, we talked about how long it takes us to say “yes” to God’s call. We agreed that it’s always easier to “run away” from God. The worst part is when we quote scripture…”God’s plans for us are for good…” or “He who has begun a good work…”. You know them. And, yet, it is still a struggle to answer God’s call. It’s just easier to run away & sit on the sidelines, cheering for our brothers and sisters.

I think about my own situation and all the times I said, “I’ll pass” to whatever God was calling me to do. In Jonah’s case, he took a hard pass to God’s instruction of going to Nineveh because he knew the people would heed his warning and turn to God. In my case, I was scared – what if God has a plan and it actually works? That is scary! But it’s been my experience (and Jonah’s) that if we don’t take the initiative to do what God’s called us to do, He’ll put us in a position where doing what he said is our only option!

See, life is not a spectator sport. At least, not when you’ve given your life to Christ and called Jesus your Lord. We weren’t created to just sit on the sidelines while others are winning at walking in God’s calling and purpose. We are all called to His purpose. And, because He has already pre-planned our lives, we have assurance that we will win when we answer the call! And, what if God’s plan is crazy enough to work? He’s taken care of that, too! For God has not given us a spirit of fear. Where He guides, He provides – He will never let you do things on your own as long as you’re in His will. No need to worry! So, my friend, what is God calling you to? Say, “yes!” Because the sideline is not an option!

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for a new day and week. Thank You, most of all, for a new opportunity to say yes to Your will for my life. Lord, I declare I trust Your will and plan for my life. I declare, today, that I will not be afraid to step out in faith and do what You’re asking me to do. Thank You for creating me with purpose and a plan. You said in Your word that the steps of the righteous are ordered by the Lord. Father, give me clairty and wisdom as You order my steps this week. And, I will be so careful to give You all the glory, honor, and praise in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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